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Old 01-11-2019, 06:00 PM
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Default ISO High Quality Small Pocket Knife <2 1/2" blade

I have had it with Made in China, won't stay sharp, pocket knives.

I carry one everyday but it has to have a blade less than about 2 1/2" to be legal in the Federal Building I work in. There is a little bit of wiggle room with the 2 1/2" as well. Security has told me I am good as long as it is "close to 2 1/2"".

Currently carrying a $25 Gerber Kettlebell Compact. I have had it repeatedly professionally sharpened by the knife shop that maintains my filet knifes but it just won't stay sharp. All I am using it for is cutting packing tape on a few boxes and opening mail.

I am now looking for a price is no object, high quality pocket knife - I really don't care what it costs as long as it is nice and holds an edge.

Must have a pocket clip.

Any recommendations would be appreciated.



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Old 01-11-2019, 06:05 PM
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Spyderco Native 5 is a great knife. Iíve had one for three years and love it.
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Old 01-11-2019, 06:29 PM
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Spyderco Native 5 is a great knife. Iíve had one for three years and love it.
The Native 5 is a little long at 3" but I do like the looks of the Spyderco Lil Native. I have never had a Spyderco before.

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Old 01-11-2019, 06:34 PM
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Not sure if they make one in the size youíre looking for but itís hard to beat Benchmade.

Iím a utility company lineman and Iím very hard on a knife at work. Benchmade is expensive but itís outlasted anything else Iíve carried, by a lot
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Old 01-11-2019, 06:38 PM
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Spiderco Delica. Had one for years.

ETA:
They might not make the 2.5" version anymore, so maybe their Ladybug or Dragonfly?

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Old 01-11-2019, 06:38 PM
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Love my SOG Twitch II in black TiNi. 2.65" blade. Carry mine on my keychain so I won't lose it. Check it out.
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Old 01-11-2019, 06:44 PM
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SOG or benchmade for EDC cant go wrong.
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Old 01-11-2019, 07:02 PM
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there are so many great options that your head will spin trying to figure out the best.
Some good suggestions already with Spyderco. They have a ton of blades in your size range. The Delica is on the upper end, the Dragonfly is just under. And there are plenty more in their lineup.
CRKT makes some great blades in your size range, too. And they won't break the bank. The Pilar and the Squid are neat little knives worth looking at.

I'll keep thinking....there are plenty out there.
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Old 01-11-2019, 07:30 PM
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CRKT Knives. Don’t look at the high end ones, get yourself a good mid range working knife for $30. Best knife I have ever had, going on 10+ years now.

https://www.crkt.com/
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Old 01-11-2019, 07:36 PM
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Thanks guys - just ordered a Spyderco Drgaonfly 2 Saltwater in yellow and allegedly rust-proof.

2 1/4" blade so it is legal to carry at work.

I got it with the Spyderedge (serrated edge). Figured it would hold up better for cutting up the wife's endless stream of Amazon boxes which is what I will end up using it for the most.

I got the yellow for the same reason I buy Dewalt tools - I can find it easier when I lay it down.

I really wanted made in the USA - this model is made in Japan, but I figured when it comes to knives, Japanese wasn't a bad thing.

Amazon had it cheaper but there was feedback about people receiving fakes - I paid extra, ordered it directly from Spyderco but I won't have to worry about getting a knock-off.
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I just picked up a micro tech Troodon. It’s pricey att ~$350 but it’s hands down the baddest knife I’ve ever carried.
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Tawn,

good choice on the knife you got. If youíre a veteran, law enforcement, or fireman spyderco gives a good discount.

I also have a pacific salt that Ive had for about 9 years and have had it covered in saltwater and not washed it for weeks at a time. Not a bit of rust on it. I also have a mule from spyderco, which is a fixed blade that they use to test various metals. I got it in their new lcn200 metal that is rustproof and itís my boat knife.

youíll get more spydercos after you carry around the one you just got.
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The spyderco H1 steels with serrated edge are wicked sharp. Good choice for cutting cardboard. Spyderco also offers free sharpening. Just have to send it to them in CO.
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I’m a benchmade auto fan. I also like ZT blades. My benchmades are 6-10 years old and work flawlessly. I do sharpen them 2-3 times a year, I don’t leave the house without a blade. That being said I also spearfish with them as well. The BM 154 ss has held up awesome. Not the best steel but for saltwater use no issues.
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Old 01-12-2019, 06:32 AM
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Love these, scary sharp replaceable blade.
https://www.havalon.com/piranta-60a-edge-pack-includes
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Originally Posted by Tawn View Post
Thanks guys - just ordered a Spyderco Drgaonfly 2 Saltwater in yellow and allegedly rust-proof.

2 1/4" blade so it is legal to carry at work.

I got it with the Spyderedge (serrated edge). Figured it would hold up better for cutting up the wife's endless stream of Amazon boxes which is what I will end up using it for the most.

I got the yellow for the same reason I buy Dewalt tools - I can find it easier when I lay it down.

I really wanted made in the USA - this model is made in Japan, but I figured when it comes to knives, Japanese wasn't a bad thing.

Amazon had it cheaper but there was feedback about people receiving fakes - I paid extra, ordered it directly from Spyderco but I won't have to worry about getting a knock-off.
Great knife. I have had one for a few years.
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Old 01-12-2019, 06:45 AM
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Swiss army knives (by Victorinox, not the cheap knock-offs) are made from excellent steel and will hold a razor edge. I have a Spartan that I carry with me. It's got two blades, bottle and can opener, screw driver (both regular and one that works on phillips screws), cork screw, awl, tweezers and tooth pick. It'll cost you about $30, and is well worth it. I bought a bunch of them one time when West Marine had them on clearance for $9.97 each.

It's small enough to carry around in your pocket, and works incredibly well for every function it has. I think the large blade is just under 2 1/2".

I don't like knives with serrated blades. That's a saw, not a knife. They're great for certain things (i.e. cutting rope, cardboard boxes), but, for all around use, I prefer a razor edge on my knife.
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I’ve had the Dragonfly for a few years and it’s a great knife. No rust and it’s durable. The only thing you should do is add loctite to the belt clip screw.
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Great knife. I have had one for a few years.
Yep, great knife. My son gave the stainless version to his best man (me) and all the groomsmen when he got married. I carry it religiously.
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Victorinox "Tinker" I've carried one for 30 years, not a day goes by that I don't use one of the tools
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